by Bror Fredrik
Las Vegas Luxury Photographer
Photography Tips from a Pro – Gear Tip
Don’t Breath On Your Lens!
We’ve all seen it … someone breathes on their lens than wipes it with their shirt. Don’t be this guy or gal. Friends don’t let friends huff on lenses. This is a bad idea on so many levels.
First off, hot steamy breath isn’t the only thing that ends up on your lens. Little crusties and oils are a nightmare to properly clean … and kinda gross.
Secondly, as a rule of thumb any indiscriminate moisture on the average lens is never a good idea. Professional lenses are weather sealed in most cases.
Think of the circular marks on your car’s finish from washing it in swirling motions over time … the same thing will happen to your lens coating. This warning applies to includes supposed microfiber lens cleaning rags as well … they suck and will cause damage too as do most of the gimmicks on the market.
Lenses should ONLY be cleaned with Distilled Water. All other types of water (and hot breath) contain things that can and will cause abrasion to your delicate lens coatings which will result in hazy images and lens flare.
I‘ll be posting a cleaning video shortly but in the meantime …. STOP! 🙂